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    Francis still isn’t moving. He holds James’ jaw, keeping his head immobilised, frowning down at him again. “What do you like about it? About calling me—about calling me that?”

    “Nothing—I don’t—”

    “You do.”

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    “There is barely a ribbon or a feather or a scrap of silk left this side of Exeter.”

    “No woman under thirty is left unmoved,” Tom said, grinning around the stem of his pipe.

    “Even our Essie is taken up with the idea!” Esther’s dark eyes were dancing in the firelight. “Though she is far too young to think of marrying at present — least of all to Mr James Fitzjames.”

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    Étienne is at a sleepover: they dropped him off together and came back for a decaf coffee and fancy Waitrose biscuits, which turned into wine, which turned into — well. Áine pressed up against the cupboard by the kettle, Richard’s stupid posh tap digging in her back.

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    “What a man commits to writing he must be prepared to say out loud,” says James, clasping Francis sternly by the elbows. “Surely your schoolmasters taught you that much, even if the captain of the Hamadryad did not.”

    for the terror_exe prompt "character study: francis crozier, victorian england, poetry, emotional exhibitionism"

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    They've been working at it for an hour, all told, though only the latter half has been this business of slow, exquisite torture: bringing James as close to the brink as he can bear and back again, over and over and over. The infraction was a minor one, a trifle, but Francis wants an apology, even if he must needs drag it forth from James by force.

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    England is a dream, emerging from the thinning mist; unreal.

    England is on this limping frigate; one of the last to leave. Men in blankets, wrapped in tarps, the sweat of waking nightmares oily in their hair.

    James keeps England in the pocket of his greatcoat, tucked against his heart.

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    Francis has shared a bed with his dog on only three occasions. First, when there were foxes in the garden and Neptune wouldn’t be quiet for love nor biscuits; second when he was miserable and half-comatose with flu, wanting company and too weak to push Neptune onto the floor; third, on the night Sophia left for the final time.

    Sharing a bed with nine stone of shaggy-haired Newfoundland is not a dissimilar experience to sharing a bed with James Fitzjames.

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    “Do you wish to speak, sir?”

    “I said a service with him last night. Just the two of us.”

    A missing scene from episode 9.

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    They’ve taken a country cottage for a fortnight — in Surrey, no less, closer to Box Hill than Emma Woodhouse could have wished — and there are strawberries.

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    James has been threatening to cut his hair for months: ever since he noticed it was thinning at his parting, creeping backwards from the corners of his forehead. The lengths are still full and shining, falling in waves to his jaw, occasionally thrown back in an deliberately untidy bun. But his hairline is receding; he can’t deny it any longer.

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    James’ memory was patchy these days — like a book with the pages disarranged — but he closed his eyes and the scene on Terror’s lower deck swam sluggishly to mind. Francis with his teeth bared, Francis leaning forward, Francis’ hands convulsing at the sound of each stinging stroke. Revelation came as light through morning cloud.

    “You enjoyed it,” he said.

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    But this afternoon, in the gathering dark of Christmas Eve, James had felt like walking. And not just walking, but walking in his feminine attire, as his feminine self: a self which has so far been confined within their own four walls. Perhaps that was why he had asked for Francis’ help, wanting a co-conspirator in his transformation, where no conspiracy had been required before.

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